8 Amazing Benefits of Anjaneyasana to Boost Your Health

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary


5 min read


Anjaneyasana is a backbend yoga pose that has positive effects on the whole body. It stretches your muscles and improves your balance. Anjaneyasana can help you gain focus and become more aware too.

Key Takeaways

  • Anjaneyasana benefits you by boosting your energy
  • Anjaneyasana also improves your mental health and well-being
  • Relief from sciatica pain is one of the important Anjaneyasana benefits

Anjaneyasana, also known as low lunge pose or crescent pose, is a warm-up exercise. It stretches your body from the arms to the toes. Practicing Anjaneyasana benefits posture and strengthens your core. This pose builds your chest and leg muscles and abdomen area. Anjaneyasana increases your flexibility and mental focus and improves your physical health.

Including Anjaneyasana in your daily routine balances your mind and body. It reduces pain and boosts your physical as well as mental health. One of the main Anjaneyasana benefits is relief from sciatica pain. Anjaneyasana stretches the muscles near the sciatic nerves in your hip bone area. 

Doing Anjaneyasana in the correct form offers you many more health benefits than you can imagine! Read on to know more about the significant health benefits and steps of doing Anjaneyasana. 

1. Improves Balance

Doing Anjaneyasana requires mindfulness and thus helps you boost your balance. Lifting your arms to do the crescent pose opens up the chest and expands the muscles on the sides. Anjaneyasana creates spinal mobility as it involves a backbend. It increases the flexibility of the spine too.

Additional Read: Tadasana: How to Execute Ittips to perform the low lunge pose

2. Boosts Energy and Builds Core Strength 

The low lunge relaxes the upper, mid, and lower body muscles, creating an energy flow. Anjaneyasana stretches your chest and neck muscles and is also a heart-opening exercise. Anjaneyasana also boosts your stamina and energy.

3. Strengthens Lower Body Muscles 

Regular practice of Anjaneyasana can improve your lower-body flexibility and strength. Stretching the hips and legs facilitates a more excellent range of motion. The low lunge stretches both the quadriceps and your groin. In this way, Anjaneyasana benefits runners, athletes, and people to maintain muscle movement. Regular practice of Anjaneyasana also relieves intense sciatic pain. It opens up the hip region that also helps in relaxing pelvic stiffness. Doing Anjaneyasana reduces stress in these regions while alleviating back and neck pain.

4. Increases Your Focus 

Anjaneyasana creates a strong body and mind connection. It requires focus and thus helps release other stressors that may cause tension. This is why practicing Anjaneyasana calms your mind. It also enhances your memory by increasing blood flow to the brain. It is believed to cure headaches.


5. Relaxes the Chest, Shoulder, and Lungs 

Anjaneyasana stretches the muscles of your shoulder, chest, and lungs. Thus, doing the crescent pose benefits your heart health. Anjaneyasana also helps in draining the toxins accumulated in the area. Expanding your lungs while doing this poses increases your breathing capacity. Holding the posture of Anjaneyasana stimulates the lymph nodes at the armpits too. This benefits your respiration. This is why experts believe Anjaneyasana helps those with respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis.

6. Maintains Proper Blood Circulation 

Anjaneyasana is a heart-opener yoga posture that improves blood circulation. Since Anjaneyasana requires you to breathe deep through your lungs, you get more oxygen supply. This also helps your organs function better.

7. Aids Reproduction and Digestion  

Performing the backbend in Anjaneyasana gives a deep stretch to your abdomen. In fact, studies prove that this pose helps activate your rectal muscles [1]. This improves the flow of blood in your pelvis and all the internal organs within. Research also proves that Anjaneyasana promotes healthy female sexuality [2]. It also helps your digestive process, treating constipation and bowel movement issues. Anjaneyasana is also beneficial for those who lack appetite and acidity.

8. Enhances Mental Health 

Anjaneyasana opens four chakras in your body related to your heart, emotions, creativity, and communication. Practicing Anjaneyasana regularly helps balance your emotions, relieve stress and anxiety, and improves your mental well-being.

Additional Read: Mantra Meditation

How to do Anjaneyasana 

While there are different variations of Anjaneyasana, start off with the basic pose. To achieve the correct posture of Anjaneyasana, follow these steps.  

  • Start in the downward dog pose so you can get to Anjaneyasana more easily 
  • Take your right leg forward in between your palms on the mat 
  • Make sure your knee doesn’t jut out beyond your ankle but is above it 
  • Place your left knee on the mat; you can add a cushion under it to reduce any pain 
  • Now, take your left leg further back while maintaining the posture without losing balance  
  • Take a deep breath in and raise your body up so you are at 90 degrees to the floor 
  • Take your arms to your side and make sure your hips are not lifting up 
  • Roll your shoulders back and ensure that your chest faces up and forward  
  • Now raise your hands above your head, lift your neck, look up and ensure you don’t strain your neck 
  • Take a couple of breaths in the final Anjaneyasana pose 
  • To release the posture, step back to the downward dog pose

Now that you know the various Anjaneyasana benefits do it regularly! Performing Anjaneyasana correctly can help you get more out of it. Consistent practice of Anjaneyasana in your daily yoga regime can make you more adept. Just ensure you don’t overextend your knee joint. This way, doing Anjaneyasana will not result in knee pain or injury.

Consult a yoga expert to learn the correct way to do poses such as Anjaneyasana and Tadasana, as well as yoga breathing techniques. Together, these will help you boost your health. Book a doctor appointment on Bajaj Finserv Health to consult top practitioners for guidance. They can help you create a healthy routine that includes yoga for lungs, weight loss, or even migraines. This way, you can live a healthier, happier, and more fulfilled life.

Published on 11 Jul 2022Last updated on 13 Apr 2023
  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5433114/
  2. https://digitalcommons.spu.edu/spfc_research_conference/spfc_conf_2020/spfc_conf_2020_events/8/

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Dr. Vibha Choudhary

Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vibha Choudhary

, Bachelor in Physiotherapy (BPT)

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